“An immersive virtual reality room that helps children with autism overcome their phobias is now being offered on the NHS.
In 2014, scientists at Newcastle University found that virtual reality can help youngsters with autism spectrum disorder overcome their serious fears.
Now, the first NHS patients have been referred for treatment in what is known as the Newcastle Blue Room.”
By Katie Dickinson at Chronicle Live
“Virtual reality is proving to be a viable solution to easing the social anxiety teens with ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome encounter daily.
These teens go through tremendous difficulty developing the social skills to interact with peers and adults in what most consider normal social situations.
The Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas has been successfully improving these teens social anxiety via VR sessions, helping them to make friends and communicate openly.”
Blog by Raphael Konforti at VR Fitness Insider
News report by NBC News Today
Read more: http://www.vrfitnessinsider.com/vr-helps-teens-social-anxiety/
“Researchers are designing a virtual reality simulator specifically for teaching teenagers with autism spectrum disorder to drive.
“In the past 15 years, there has been such an emphasis, such an appropriate emphasis, on early identification and early treatment of children with ASD,” says Amy Weitlauf, a psychologist who specializes in autism. “Well, now many of these children are adolescents and adults, so we have started to work on providing them with the support they need to become independent adults.
“And one of those key life skills for independence is, for many people, the ability to drive.”
By David Salisbury at VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
Read more: http://www.futurity.org/virtual-reality-driving-autism-1211602-2/
“With VR headsets selling out faster than manufacturers can create them, the future looks bright for mass adoption, and that could well mean that an Oculus Rift looks just as natural in the doctor’s surgery as stethoscopes and needles.
Here is a list of some novel uses for VR in mental health and beyond:”
1. As a treatment for paranoia
2. Providing phantom limb pain relief
3. As a super-effective pain killer
4. Helping PTSD sufferers live with their trauma
5. As a controlled virtual environment for alcoholics
6. As training for lazy eyes
7. As social cognition training for young autistic adults
By Alan Martin at Alphr
Image: D Coetzee used under Creative Commons
Read more: http://www.alphr.com/bioscience/1003387/6-ways-virtual-reality-is-transforming-healthcare
“Kevin, a ‘Virtual Interactive Training Agent’ [ViTA] was designed [by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies] to help students with autism spectrum disorder.”
“After seeing ViTA DMF in action, we realized there is limitless potential to help in many of the soft skill areas where folks on the autism spectrum struggle, both in and out of the workplace,” said psychologist Skip Rizzo, ICT’s director of medical virtual reality, who co-leads the project.
“We can provide experiential practice with a virtual human to help students practice a range of social and vocational skills, including how to take turns properly in a discussion, how to respond when someone says something inappropriate or even how to make small talk.”
Image by USC Institute for Creative Technologies
By Orli Belman at USC News
Read more: https://news.usc.edu/98577/virtual-job-interviews-prepare-students-with-autism-for-work/
“Virtual reality (VR) has come a long way since the 1990s. Today we stand at a tipping point, where VR is about to disrupt so many sectors such as research, sports, the military, education, entertainment, car manufacture, and even healthcare.
According to research and consulting firm IndustryARC, augmented and virtual reality in healthcare is predicted to generate $2.54 billion globally by 2020 .”
by Philip Perry at Big Think
Read more: http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/how-virtual-reality-will-change-the-face-of-healthcare
“The [University of Mississippi] School of Education is using a program that allows teachers-in-training to practice classroom skills in a virtual setting before sending them into local elementary and secondary schools.
The simulated TeachLivE classroom consists of an 80-inch monitor with five student avatars. Each avatar has his or her own personality.”
By Madeleine Beck at The DM Online
Read more: http://thedmonline.com/teachers-in-training-learn-through-virtual-reality/
“Over the last several years, VR has moved from being the purview of the military and aviation to the mainstream of professional development, as managers, instructors, coaches and therapists have claimed increasing benefit from immersive experiences.
Perhaps the most utopian application of this technology will be seen in terms of bridging cultures and fostering understanding among young students.
Potentially, a collaboration between these innovative VR platform offerings could result in a curator or artist guiding a group of thousands around a museum exhibition or cultural site, or an actor or professor leading a virtual master class in real time with students from all over the world.”
By Elizabeth Reede for TechCrunch
Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/23/when-virtual-reality-meets-education/
“The clinical use for VR as therapy has been generating a “rich scientific literature” for the past 20 years, according to Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.
“Finally, the technology has caught up with the vision in this area, and I expect it to really take off in the next year,” Rizzo tells Tech Insider.
“It has not been the theory or research that has held back clinical VR, rather the availability, adoption and costs that have limited its widespread use.”
Image and text by Kevin Loria at Tech Insider
Read more: http://www.techinsider.io/how-virtual-reality-is-used-for-ptsd-and-anxiety-therapy-2016-1
“Can virtual reality become a global mental health treatment platform?
Virtual reality (VR) has been used for decades as a tool for therapists to administer virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) in a safe and controlled manner. Due to cost and technology limitations, it has not been widely available, to date.
With the advent of affordable mobile VR headsets, such as the Gear VR, there is a new opportunity to apply telemedicine to decentralize mental health treatment, reaching more patients and improving lives around the world.”
By Alex Senson at TechCrunch
Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/06/virtual-reality-therapy-treating-the-global-mental-health-crisis/